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Beans, beans the magical fruit the more you eat the more you, better not!

Sorry havin boys I couldn’t help myself, just not at the dinner table! We love our beans, we always have beans with our rice..it’s just the best way to go!

Black Beans

Frijoles negros

Serves 4 as a side

  • 1 can of black beans with every drop of juice in the can
  • 1/2 pkt. Sazón 
  • 1 circle adobo
  • 1/2 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp. denver mix
  • 1/2 tsp. recaito
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic
  • 1 can of water
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper

In a medium saucepan add oil, denver mix, garlic, and recaito on med heat gently saute the veggies. Add in beans, and all seasonings raise heat to med high. Use the water to rinse the can to ensure you got every drop of juice into the saucepan. Bring to a slight boil, then reduce the heat to right under med and simmer for about 20 mins.

Pink Beans

Habichuelas Rosadas

Serves 4 as a side

  • 1 can of pink beans with every drop of juice in the can
  • 1/2 pkt. Sazón 
  • 1 circle adobo
  • 1/2 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp. denver mix
  • 1/2 tsp. recaito
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/3 can of tomato sauce (I use Goya’s seasoned tomato sauce)
  • 1 small potato (smaller than fist) peeled and diced into 1/4″ pieces, then rinsed
  • 1 can of water

In a medium saucepan add oil, denver mix, garlic, and recaito on med heat gently saute the veggies. Add Sazón and tomato sauce then stir, add in potato, and stir. Add in beans, and the rest of the seasonings raise heat to med high. Use the water to rinse the can to ensure you got every drop of juice into the saucepan. Bring to a slight boil, then reduce the heat to right under med and simmer for about 20 mins.or until the potatoes are soft.

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Main veggies..

We don’t eat a variety of vegetables, I no..it’s horrible..we don’t eat healthy, we’re tryin tho! But until then, here are the main veggies we eat and how I ‘cook’ them.

Canned Corn

  • 1 can of corn drained almost empty, leave a little juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp.butter

Serves 4 as a side

Add corn into a microwavable bowl, add butter and salt and pepper on top, mic. for about 2-3 mins, dependin on the power of your microwave.

Canned Green Beans

  • 1 can of french style green beans drained almost empty, leave a little juice
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp. butter
  • add-ins: some ham, onions, season all, etc.

Serves 4 as a side

Add green beans into a microwavable bowl, add butter and salt and pepper, and season all mic. for 2-3 mins. dependin on the power of your microwave. If you want to add meat or onions you would drain the juice into a small saucepan add meat, onions, butter, and seasons. Simmer until you reach desired tenderness of onions add green beans, heat until warm.

Peas

We don’t eat them often, but when we do it’s just a simple recipe..I don’t try new things because we don’t have them as often.

  • 1 can of peas drained almost empty, leave a little juice
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp. butter

Serves 4 as a side

Add peas into a microwavable bowl, add butter and salt and pepper on top, mic. for 2-3 mins. dependin on the power of your microwave.

Broccoli

Serves 4 as a side

  • 1 head of broccoli, cut to bite sizes or 1/2 bag frozen broccoli peices
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1 tsp. butter
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 c. cheese sauce

Add broccoli and water into a medium sauce pan with butter and salt and pepper cover with a lid and steam on med to med high heat for about 5-10 mins. dependin on your desired tenderness, Drain extra water and add cheese.

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Yellow rice..

Again, I am not talkin about minute rice! This is my version of Puerto Rican arroz amarillo.

Yellow Rice

  • 6 c. water
  • 3 c. medium grain rice
  • 4 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 packet Sazón
  • 2 tsp. recaito
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3-4 circles of adobo
  • dash of pepper
  • add-ins: ham, denver mix, gandules (little green peas), bacon pieces, beans, etc.

Serves 6

In a large pot add water and all seasonin. If you are using add-ins you would want to saute the meat or veggies first with the oil called for, you can add the beans in with the seasons. Let the water come to a boil over med high heat. Before the water is boilin you would want to taste the seasoned water to make sure it is to your liking. Once the water is boilin add the oil and stir to break up the oil. Slowly add the rice while stirrin. It is very important that you stir the rice very thorough or you will have tie dyed rice lol tho it will taste good, it’s not the look were goin for. Bring the water and rice back to a boil, stir one more time just to make sure there isn’t any clumpin of rice. Cover the pot and lower the heat to low on a larger burner and med low on a small burner. If you lid doesn’t fit tightly, cover the pot with a layer of aluminum foil before you put the lid on. DO NOT touch the lid for at least 45 mins! When that time has passed, turn off the heat and use a fork to fluff the rice, cover and let sit another 5-10 mins. Enjoy!

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White rice..

No, I am not talkin about minute rice, this is medium grain regular rice that requires time and proper measurin for the right end product!

White rice

  • 3 c. medium grain rice
  • 6 c. water
  • 4 tbsp. salt
  • 4 tbsp. vegetable oil

Serves 6

In a large pot add water and salt then bring to a boil at med high heat, stir until salt dissolves. Taste the water to see if it is salty enough for you, or if you think it will be too much don’t add all of the salt. Once the water is at a good boil add oil, stir to break up oil. Slowly add rice while stirrin. Once all rice is added, stir very well to reassure there is no large clumps of rice remainin. Bring back to boilin point, when you have a good boil goin give it one more stir, reduce heat to low on a large burner and med low on a small burner, cover and DO NOT touch for at least 45 mins! If your lid is not sealed tightly simply put a layer of aluminum foil between the pot and lid, squish the lid on tight. After 45 mins turn off the burner and remove the lid use a fork to fluff the rice then replace the lid and let sit another 5 -10 mins. Enjoy!

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Mashed potatoes..

Mashed Potatoes

  • 8-10 fist sized or larger potatoes (I use russet) peeled if preferred then diced into 1/2″ by 1/2″ pieces, keep in mind the smaller they are the faster they cook. I estimate potato need by how many people. 2 per man, or growin teenager that eats as much as Dad; and 1 per young child, woman, or small eater.
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 stick to 1 stick butter, add last half as needed to make creamier taters
  • any add-ins you family enjoy: shredded cheese, garlic, salt and pepper, sour creams, bacon bits, etc.

Serves about 6

After dicing your potatoes you want to rinse well under cold water to remove extra starch released when cut. Next add the diced potatoes to a pot of cold water coverin the potatoes with at least 2″ of cold water. Cook potatoes on med to high heat for about 30 mins until they reach your desired tenderness. I enjoy them pretty much fallin apart. Drain potatoes in a strainer then put potatoes into a large bowl to beat potatoes with a mixer. Add butter and milk and smash the potatoes before you turn the beaters on to ease the mixers work, then turn on mixer and beat the potatoes until well blended, unless you like chunky mashed taters. Last fold in any add-ins your family might enjoy! Serve hot. Store left overs in fridge up to 1 week in a tightly sealed container. Ever had Irish potato candy? Check out my post on it here!

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Irish potato candy..

Have a little left over mashed potatoes, here’s a sweet way to use them before they go bad. Need the recipe for mashed tater, check it out here!

Irish potato candy

  • 1 tbsp. mashed potatoes (not chunky, smooth)
  • 1 bag powdered (confectioner’s) sugar
  • 1 c. peanut butter, may use chunky, and as much as you want!

Yield 1 candy roll

In a medium bowl add your mashed potatoes, continuously mix in the powdered sugar until you get a stiff enough dough to roll out. Don’t freak out it will get runny before it gets thick..just keep addin sugar. Once you have the dough rolled out into a rectangle slather on a nice coatin of peanut butter. Next, roll the dough tuckin the peanut butter on the inside. Wrap in plastic wrap and cut into 1″ pieces as wanted. Eat within a week after making the candy!

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What is she talkin about?

Ok, some of you might know what I’m talkin about if you have the same cookin techniques as I do. Most of you don’t so I have some explanations for the recipes I have. Any questions please feel free to leave a comment and I will get back to you with an answer as soon as I can!

For starters..who knows what the spice Adobo is? It is used mostly in Latin cookin and those who have tried a Latin recipe. I would like to consider it like an all spice, a little of everything! I use the red one that says con pimienta (black pepper). Some will just hold the seasonin bottle upside down for a couple seconds or rotate in a full circle. I will use the circle version. It is probably close to 1 tsp. per circle or second.

Denver mix you say? It is diced sweet onions with diced green peppers even portions of both mixed together. Of course you can remix it how you want, maybe you enjoy red peppers and red onion..no problem! That’s the beauty in cookin, you can always make it how you like instead of what the recipe calls for.

Recaito could look different or be called different dependin on where you get it. It can also be called sofrito. What your lookin for is the green mix not red. The green season is based with culantro the red is tomato. Very different taste.

Sazón is a packet of magic! I use Goya, it comes in many variations. I prefer the all orange box. It has the writin ‘con culantro y achiote’. The achiote is what give the food the color, be careful it will stain!

That should be most of the weird stuff you see. If needed I will update this post for new things I come across. Unfortunately I’ve done most of my cookin for the month already and the pictures that I took to post for this was accidentally erased when the phones memory filled up and I uploaded to the computer. I am not technology savvy lol. Also I just figured out I can’t post videos or if I can I can’t figure out how lol..again, technology!

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